[What follows is excerpted from an article published yesterday on the Ahram Online website:]
Russian families may take legal action against Sharm El-Sheikh Airport if it is proven that poor security procedures led to the planting of a bomb which could have brought down a Russian airliner in October, James Healy-Pratt, specialist in airline disasters and aviation accidents, told Ahram Online.
Such legal action may take place “if there is evidence that the security screening services were negligent in permitting an explosive device onto the Metrojet aircraft,” the New York based attorney and aviation law arbitrator Healy-Pratt said.
Egypt’s prime minister said Tuesday that compensation by Egypt for the families is “out of the question,” given that the Egyptian investigative committee has not yet issued its final report.
Russia claimed on Tuesday that a bomb brought down the Russian airliner that crashed in central Sinai, killing all 224 people on board on 31 October, 214 Russian passengers, three Ukranian passengers, and seven crew members. (...)
Back in 1988, when Pan Am Flight 103 went down over Scotland by a bomb manufactured by Libyans spies, killing 259 passengers and 11 people on the ground, the then Libyan president [sic] Muammar Ghaddafi paid $10 million to every family of the victims. In 1990, The British Civil Aviation Authority had concluded that an explosive device brought the plane down. The compensation was paid in installments between 2004 and 2008.
[RB: A cynic might suspect that the likelihood of compensation claims against Heathrow Airport was one of the reasons why the Lockerbie investigation so speedily and blithely dismissed Heathrow as the airport of insertion of the bomb and instead concentrated all efforts on Luqa and Frankfurt. Thanks to Dr Morag Kerr’s Adequately Explained by Stupidity? - Lockerbie, Luggage and Lies, we now know that the bomb suitcase was already in AVE 4041, the relevant Pan Am 103 luggage container, at Heathrow before the feeder flight arrived from Frankfurt, allegedly containing a bag from Malta.]